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Re: [ARSCLIST] interesting! (old post!)

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From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <thorenstd124@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 8:43 PM
> You have overlooked two big factors here.In the past,you had people
who,although they grew up in an earlier era,were able to ferret out outstanding
talent,and trends,and present them to the public,and shape the tastes and trends
of the youth.Two examples: John Hammond and John Peel.John Hammond,a
Vanderbilt,with a background in classical music,was able to spot the merit,of
everyone from Count Basie to Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen.
Well, this John Hammond was very non-racist...in fact,
for his time. As a result, he had a strong interest in blues as well as Black
performers...and thus could properly evaluate artists like Bessie Smith,
Billie Holiday, and Count Basie. This may have also affected his taste toward
the end of his A&R career (for the better)...and certainly contibuted
to BG (his son-in-law) being one of the first leaders to assemble an
integrated group!

Steven C. Barr

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